“Convergence” is coming, and when it arrives, some of the most beloved versions of DC Comics’ pantheon arrive with it. Pre-Crisis versions of Superman and Batman, pre-New 52 versions of Wonder Woman and the Flash, and numerous Elseworlds iterations of your favorite heroes and villains are all coming together to be part of DC’s first major event of 2015. The finer details remain shrouded in secrecy, but we know the event will feature characters from different parts of DC’s history all existing together thanks to the Multiversal machinations of the New 52’s Brainiac.
We also know that some of the top creators of today and some legendary names we haven’t seen in quite a while are guiding DC’s heroes through the event. And with 40 two-issue series on the way, there’s a little something for every DC fan. Eclectic protagonists, surprising creator choices and unexpected titles fill the list of “Convergence” releases, and while we’re interested in seeing where they all lead, here are the “Convergence” titles we’re most looking forward to experiencing.
Writer: Gail Simone; Artist: Jan Duursema and Dan Parsons
One of the DCU’s most compelling pre-New 52 relationships was Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon’s, whose on-again/off-again love affair was the story engine of many great tales. Now, the romance is back, with Gail Simone and Jan Duursema promising to take the relationship to the next level with, as teased by the solicitation copy, a Bat-wedding. Is this finally the happy ending for Dick and Barbara that fans have hoped for? Whatever the case, with Simone at the wheel, this could be one of the most action-packed romances of the recent age.
Writer: Greg Rucka; Artist: Cully Hamner
In the pages of “Gotham Central,” Greg Rucka was part of a team that told a tale of violence, betrayal and heartbreak, as Harvey Dent set out to make life a living hell for the then recently outed Renee Montoya. The war with Two-Face set Renee on a path that eventually led her to replace Vic Sage as the masked enigma known as the Question in the pages of a “Detective Comics” co-feature. Rucka’s Question tales were some of the best stories DC published in the early to mid-2000s and now Rucka is rejoined by his Question collaborator, veteran artist Cully Hamner, to share what happens when Vic and Renee are caught in a conflict between two versions of Harvey Dent.
Justice Society Of America
Writer: Dan Abnett; Artists: Tom Derenick and Trevor Scott; Colorist: Monica Kubina
One of the more traditional DCU aspects missing from the New 52 is the presence of Golden Age heroes, the mystery men who inspired the modern day crop of heroes to fight the good fight. Thanks to “Convergence,” fans will thrill to the old stalwarts once again courtesy of the co-creator of the modern day “Guardians of the Galaxy” Dan Abnett and the art team of Tom Derenick and Trevor Scott. DC promises that this series picks up with a retired JSA forced to suit up once again to face off against the Weaponers of Qward. They are called the Greatest Generation for a reason; something fans could be reminded of once “Convergence” begins.
Writer: Jeff Parker; Artist: Evan “Doc” Shaner; Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
Between this “Convergence” tie-in and Grant Morrison’s “Multiversity: New Thunderworld Adventures,” it’s a really good time to be a classic Shazam fan, and this book has us excited for good reason. First, the book’s entire creative team has just been killing it on Dynamite Comics’ “Flash Gordon.” Plus, Shazam and family will be doing their thing in the last place you would ever expect to find him: the Elseworlds setting of “Gotham by Gaslight,” the famous location where a Victorian era Batman hunted down Jack the Ripper.
Writer: Dan Jurgens; Artists: Alvaro Martinez and Raul Fernandez; Colorist: Chris Sotomayor
You can’t have a time-spanning, reality-hopping crossover without Booster Gold, can you? Of course not! Booster Gold has popped up in some very unexpected places as of late, from the pages of “Justice League 3000” to the high planes of “All-Star Western.” Joining the hero is his former supporting cast member and fellow time champion Rip Hunter, and a futuristic version of Booster himself. When it comes to DC time travel, Booster Gold is usually at the heart of the story, so we expect this series, written by Booster’s creator Dan Jurgens, to reveal some important information about the nature of “Convergence” and what could come after the event for the DC Universe.
Writer: Len Wein; Artist: Kelley Jones; Colorist: Michelle Madsen
We don’t know much about this miniseries other than the Earth Elemental Swamp Thing is in danger when he is cut off from the Green by the dome. What we do know, however, is more than enough to sell us on it. The two-issue mini is written by Swamp Thing co-creator Len Wein, who is joined by legendary horror artist Kelley Jones. This a Swamp Thing dream team, folks — don’t miss it!
Writer: Dan Jurgens; Artists: Lee Weeks, Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund
One look at the solicitation image and you’ll know why this one has us buzzing. There are many stories to be told with a single Lois and Superman, but there’s more than a few fans who fondly recall the time when Lois and Clark were a married couple. Now, long time Superman writer Dan Jurgens will pick up Lois and Clark’s tale, as their relationship seems to be going to the next level with the possible birth of Superman’s child, an event that could have huge ramifications for the entire Multiverse.
Writer: Alisa Kwitney; Artista: Rick Leonardi and Mark Pennington
When the New 52 hit, Stephanie Brown’s fans immediately wondered when and where their hero would appear in the now-canon DCU. Brown recently returned as The Spoiler in the pages of “The New 52: Futures End,” but there remains a strong and vocal fanbase of the pre-“Flashpoint” Batgirl version. Well, this “Convergence” tie-in marks the return of Bat-Stephanie along with another Batgirl fans haven’t seen in awhile, Cassandra Cain. Cain will be in her guise as the Black Bat, but it will be very cool to see these cult favorite Batgirls return to action. Add in the return of the pre-New 52 Tim Drake, and it all adds up to a book that should have Bat fans very excited.
Batman: Shadow Of The Bat
Writer: Larry Hama; Artists: Philip Tan and Jason Paz; Colorist: Elmer Santos
“Knightfall” was one of the most popular and famous (some might say infamous) pre-N32 52 “Batman” tales, featuring Jean Paul Valley, an anti-hero known as Azrael who took up the mantle of Batman after Bruce Wayne’s back was broken by Bane. Azrael became a violent, darker Batman who wasn’t afraid to kill — essentially, the antithesis to everything Batman is supposed to represent. Wayne returned and took his cowl back, and now, thanks to “Convergence,” Azrael returns as Bruce Wayne is forced to team with him under the dome.
Writer: Tony Bedard; Artists: Tom Grummett and Sean Parsons
Thanks to “Convergence,” the Wally West that carried the mantle of The Flash throughout the late ’80s, all of the ’90s and the better part of the 2000s is back, with his wife Linda Park, a fantastically rich and greatly missed character in her own right, and their children. It might be a happy reunion for fans and Wally — unless the “Flashpoint” iteration of Wonder Woman forces Wally, Linda and the fans to experience an unhappy ending to the two-issue mini.